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Old 11-06-2011, 19:44   #1
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Need a scanner- 3-in-1 better option?

I'm after a cheap scanner to scan the odd page here or there but cheap flatbed scanners don't seem to exist any more.

I was thinking of getting a cheap all-in-one printer such as the Canon MP280, EPSON SX125 or Dell V105 which can be picked up for around £25. Only thing is that some ebay ads say that you have to install ink cartridges even if it's just to use the scanner. Does anyone know of a model that allows you to scan without having cartridges in?
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:29   #2
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well surely they come with cartridges, so you would think as long as you leave them installed then you'll be able to scan (even when they empty). in any case, it might be worth checking each of the models for compatible cartridge availability, as you might find you use the print function after all.
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:33   #3
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The cheap ones that you can pick up off ebay don't come with any cartridges.

And I've got a colour laser so I need this purely for scanning

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Old 12-06-2011, 11:24   #4
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Cheap scanners don't really exist now because they're undercut by subsidised MFP prices.

I recently bought an A3 brother MFP for £260. I mainly wanted the A3 scanner and the cheapest standalone A3 scanners cost £600+
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I've got one of these knocking about if you want a standalone, easily stored opion: -

http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Prod...latbed/LIDE20/
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thanks but I need one that's compatible with windows 7
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:53   #7
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thanks but I need one that's compatible with windows 7
It works perfectly with Windows 7
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thanks but I think i'm just going to go with the canon mp280
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There's loads of Epson, Canon and HP flatbeds all around £40-£60?

I've yet to find a scanner (of reasonably recent time scale) that doesn't just work with Win7, it has drivers built in, which is why HP and so on don't supply their own specific drivers now for scanners?

Seems madness to me to buy a massive MFP device, which are ALWAYS crap at scanning and a pain to get to work reliably because they try to do too many things badly, rather than one of the excellent dedicated Canon units which will be about a tenth the height. Unless you're also looking for sheet feed.
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If it's just for occasional use, most digital cameras are now of a resolution high enough to use as a scanner.
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True. If you have an iphone I actually use the CamScanner app to "scan" stuff all the time!
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I've got one of these knocking about if you want a standalone, easily stored opion: -

http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Prod...latbed/LIDE20/
Another vote for that Canon, had one for years and never had a problem with it. Added bonus is no power plug as it works off the USB.
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